Vanderbilt Clinical Neurosciences

Deep Brain Stimulation

Deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be an effective way to treat movement disorders such as Parkinson’s diseaseessential tremor and dystonia.

In DBS, surgeons implant a system that stimulates the brain with electricity. The system includes electrodes in the brain as well as a device that controls the electricity. This corrects abnormal brain circuits that cause involuntary movements. A neurologist adjusts the DBS system to address the symptoms of the disease.

DBS has also been approved to treat obsessive compulsive disorder. Vanderbilt is participating in a clinical study to test DBS as a treatment for major depression. Learn more here.

Referrals for OCD Treatment

If you‘d like an appointment to discuss surgical treatment, you'll need a referral from your doctor. Most patients are referred by psychiatrists. Please have your psychiatrist call (615) 322-7417 for more information.